“For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.
Cindy: “So what do you believe?”
Zach: “Well, I believe that God created the Earth and all the creatures in it.”
Cindy: “Oh, well who created God if He created everything else?”
Zach: “Ummm, welllll, I’m not sure, I don’t think He was created.”
Have you ever been in this situation when asked this question?! Being caught between defending your faith, yet not knowing what to say can be frightening. I have found that many times we don’t know every answer to every question. However, as believers, we should always be growing in our knowledge of how to defend our faith. Today, you are going to add another defense to your faith. Its always a good time to sharpen your sword!
This is a small example of a situation you or a friend may have encountered while sharing your faith. While Zach was being bold with his faith, he didn’t seem confident in His beliefs about God before the world was created. Zach didn’t know how to answer Cindy’s question. Cindy may be genuinely interested in learning more about who God is, but Zach didn’t have the knowledge to guide her.
The looming question “well if God created everything, who created God?” has an answer. Let’s start with the law of causality:
Everything that has a beginning has a cause.
Simple enough right, the chair you are sitting on had a beginning, so therefore it had a cause. Someone made that chair, and all its little pieces, and someone assembled it. This is true for the universe too, it obviously had a beginning. As things are changing and growing, it all had to start somewhere. No one will refute that.
So as Christians, we believe that God created the universe, the Earth, and all that is in them. What else do we know about God? Well, there is a reason He is God, He’s all-powerful, omniscient, perfect, eternal (He is outside of time), constant, and the list continues.
So the real question is did God have a beginning, because if not, then He was not created. In order for something to create the universe, it could not have been subject to the laws of decay that everything created is subject to. In order for this to happen, there had to be a being that was outside of time, outside of physical laws, never-changing, and all-powerful. This means that the being was not created: it always has been, and always will be.
Wait…. that sounds a lot like the adjectives that the Bible gave for God! That’s because it was God! Because of God’s qualities, His eternity and power, no one created Him. God always has been, is, and always will be.
If God was created, then that would change the meaning of His being. In order to be the one true God, He doesn’t follow our rules. He doesn’t need a creator. He IS the Creator.